The journalists of Pittsburgh Post Gazette officially went on strike at noon today, with the strikers demonstrating outside the offices on the north side of the newspaper.
“We are going to launch a strike publication,” said Alex McCann, secretary of the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh City Paper. “We’re building that. And so the journalism of people on strike will be available to members of the community very, very soon.”
The Pittsburgh Newspaper Guild has been locked in a tense labor standoff with the Post-Gazette and its parent company Block Communications for several years. The content creators joined more than 60 workers from the paper’s design, printing, distribution and advertising departments who quit the paper Oct. 6 in response to the expiration of health care coverage.
McCann adds that “although in the short term it may seem that the strike is depriving people of our jobs, the reason we are here is to ensure that we guarantee, in the long term, the ability to provide media coverage. in Pittsburghs.”